Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You There’s an electricity in the moon. A pulse, a magic, an energy. A bewitching entrancement unlike that of the sun. The moon is for things unseen, things done in the shadows and beneath the fog. It’s where plans are made in dark alleyways and secrets revealed under the soft haze of light coming through the cracks of closed shutters. It’s when fugitives escape and kids run away. It’s when we fall in love — that passionate, all-consuming, purposeful love that always looks a little different in the light of day. It’s by night that we see our true desires. It’s when we form regrets of days past and that profound hatred for those who hurt us. The night is for passion. It’s for all those things you could never dream of doing by day, under the watchful eyes of the sun. It’s no wonder night owls are more intelligent than those who hit the hay early. It’s only natural that those who go to bed earlier never experience the psychological and emotional changes that occur under the blanket of darkness.
Professional Practices for English Language Teaching - British Council This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD). This course is part of our Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program. In the program we will look at the 12 professional practices for CPD on the British Council’s teacher development framework. In this course you will look at four professional practices: Planning lessons and courses Managing resources Managing the lesson Taking responsibility for professional development. Learn with English language teachers worldwide Each week will focus on one of these practices. Video tutors, Suzanne and Claire, will guide you through each week’s content, offering tips, advice and downloadable resources at every stage. You will be asked to share your own experiences and opinions as you become part of a global community of English language teachers discussing what leads to success.
The Moral Bucket List Photo ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be a bit more like those people. It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But if you live for external achievement, years pass and the deepest parts of you go unexplored and unstructured. So a few years ago I set out to discover how those deeply good people got that way. I came to the conclusion that wonderful people are made, not born — that the people I admired had achieved an unfakeable inner virtue, built slowly from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments. If we wanted to be gimmicky, we could say these accomplishments amounted to a moral bucket list, the experiences one should have on the way toward the richest possible inner life.
Learning to Teach Online - UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) About the Course Are you an educator? Have you ever wanted to understand more about how to design your course to make better use of educational technology – whether fully online or in blended contexts? Would you like to learn from those who have extensive practical experience with online technologies? This course is designed to help you develop a working understanding of successful online teaching strategies that you can apply in your own practice. Integrating online technologies into your teaching can be a challenging prospect, and it can be difficult to know how to approach it effectively for the benefit of both students and yourself. Watch interviews with the Course Instructors Simon McIntyre and Negin Mirriahi discussing the motivations behind the course. Announcement for US based teachers: To participate in this opportunity, U.S. district leaders should approve Coursera MOOCs as teacher professional development by completing a brief form at: www.coursera.org/tpd. Course Syllabus
A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life “How to Write a Thesis,” by Umberto Eco, first appeared on Italian bookshelves in 1977. For Eco, the playful philosopher and novelist best known for his work on semiotics, there was a practical reason for writing it. Up until 1999, a thesis of original research was required of every student pursuing the Italian equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. We in the English-speaking world have survived thirty-seven years without “How to Write a Thesis.” Eco’s career has been defined by a desire to share the rarefied concerns of academia with a broader reading public. Eco walks students through the craft and rewards of sustained research, the nuances of outlining, different systems for collating one’s research notes, what to do if—per Eco’s invocation of thesis-as-first-love—you fear that someone’s made all these moves before. But “How to Write a Thesis” is ultimately about much more than the leisurely pursuits of college students. It’s worth thinking through Eco’s evocation of a “just society.”
Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling - University of Houston System | Coursera About the Course Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling introduces educators to digital storytelling and explores ways to use digital stories to enhance students’ learning experience. The course is designed to be comprehensive yet fundamental. Course Syllabus Over the course of eight weeks, we will cover the following topics: Topic 1: Choosing a topic and purpose Topic 1 introduces you to the basics of digital storytelling. Topic 2: Writing an effective script and creating a storyboard Topic 2 focuses on scriptwriting as you learn the steps in developing and writing a script for a digital story. Topic 3: Recording audio narration In topic 3, you will learn to record audio narration using digital devices so that your voice can be added to the digital story you will create. Recommended Background The course is primarily intended for: Suggested Readings Many readings will come from the Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling website, at Digital Storytelling Articles.
Quiz: How anxious are you? A collection of recent reports suggest that anxiety, one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in Britain, is on the rise among young people. Experts point to a variety of causes, from the pressures of finding a job to the modern "always-on" culture in which simply being separated from a mobile device can trigger stress. For some, anxiety can cause crippling panic attacks: according to the British charity YouthNet, one third of young women and one in 10 young men suffer from them. But how do you know whether your worries are normal or if they are serious enough to suggest you should seek help? Doctors use a variety of diagnostic tools - and our quiz is based on one that GPs use to check for symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder, the GAD-7. “The self-administered GAD-7 is a good place to start," says Elizabeth England, mental health lead of the Royal College of General Practitioners. The GAD-7 originates from Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JB, et al.
Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technology This is an Archived Course EdX keeps courses open for enrollment after they end to allow learners to explore content and continue learning. All features and materials may not be all available. Check back often to see when new course start dates are announced. This course provides a practical overview for selecting, implementing, and evaluating educational technology initiatives. Schools are recognizing the potential for technology to transform teaching and learning. This course provides a practical overview for selecting, integrating, implementing, and evaluating educational technology initiatives in formal educational settings, primarily in the US. Through four units over seven weeks, participants will develop an awareness and understanding of the “ecosystem” surrounding the implementation of educational technology in a formal educational setting.
Take the Habit Personality Quiz How do you form your good and bad habits? Are you a people-pleaser, willing to take on a task for others, but less willing to take care of yourself? Or maybe you’re a rebel, and you are less likely than others to do as you are told when it comes to taking medication or adopting a healthful lifestyle. To learn more about the personality traits that help us form good and bad habits, take this quiz, created by Gretchen Rubin, author of the new book “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.” Once you learn your habit style, join our Well Book Club conversation with Ms. Rubin to discuss steps you can take to get better at forming good habits.
When Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong “People skills” are almost always assumed to be a good thing. Search employment ads and you will find them listed as a qualification for a startling array of jobs, including Applebee’s host, weight-loss specialist, CEO, shoe salesperson, and (no joke) animal-care coordinator. The notion that people smarts might help you succeed got a boost a quarter century ago, when the phrase emotional intelligence, or EI, entered the mainstream. Coined in a 1990 study , the term was popularized by Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book . Since then, scores of researchers have shown how being in touch with feelings—both your own and other people’s—gives you an edge: compared with people who have average EI, those with high EI do better at work , have fewer health problems , and report greater life satisfaction . Finally, a note of caution to those hoping high EI might help them get ahead: it is not always an asset. The Studies:  Goleman, Emotional Intelligence (Bantam, 1995)